Community School


Tillicum’s student-focused learning environment is enhanced by unique, community programming that provides opportunities for our students to continue to develop relationships, confidence, and a strong sense of community through activities that are offered both on and off-campus outside of the regular school day:  before, at lunch recess, and after school.

We offer a breakfast program each weekday morning.  Students are invited to partake in a healthy breakfast before school.  Besides nutrition, this time gives us a chance to enjoy each other’s company, make new friends, and start the day in a positive way.  Thank you to Mrs. Schubert, Ms. Nadeau, The Saheli Foundation, and the volunteers for contributing time, energy, and smiles every morning!

Through our partnership with the Burnside-Gorge Community Association, Tillicum is able to provide daily organized activities and games for those who wish to join in at recess times.  Burnside-Gorge also offers popular after-school programs such as Lego Club, Gamers Unplugged, and Creative Kids, as well as Pro D camps exclusively to our grades 4 and 5 students where adventures may include:  swimming, hiking, sports, beach combing, museum visits, music and arts and crafts.

We are very fortunate to be able to work with the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence (PISE) to provide physical literacy and outdoor education programming after school in our gym, outdoor spaces, and local parks.  This year, we have been able to return to our full registration though we are sharing space in the gym.  Facilitators work cooperatively and plan as much outdoor activity as possible weather permitting. We are looking forward to lawn bowling and playing pickleball again this spring.  Thank you to the “Persons of Rapport” whose tireless commitment to physical literacy contributes tremendously to the success of our after-school PISE programs.

In October, Tillicum HEROS returned to the ice for another season of hockey.  Thank you to Coaches Norm and Kevin from HEROS Canada, Coaches Hannah, Mena, and Lisa from Saanich Parks and Recreation, PEARKES, Mrs. Easton, Saanich, and Vic PD, and the many volunteers and generous donors who have continued to make the Victoria HEROS program a huge success!

We’re excited to welcome Coach Terrell from The Grind Basketball program back after the winter break. Coach Terrell runs skill development, drills, fitness training, and scrimmages for Gr 3, 4, and 5 students on Mondays after school. (This is a registered program). It’s a whole lot of HARD WORK and fun! Thank you to Mrs. Harms for your support.  We would also like to thank Coach Terrell for providing spaces for one U10 and one U11 player from Tillicum in the Victoria Jr. Basketball league – what a great opportunity!

Ms. Carrasco and Ms. Parker continue to offer an amazing art program to Tillicum students including practicing a variety of techniques with various mediums, colour theory, and learning about artists and art history.  Students are encouraged to express themselves and honour their creative sides.  We are constantly amazed at the work our young artists produce and look forward to seeing their art on display in the hallways.

Community School Coordinator: Dianne Dennis